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DUIs and Stolen Vehicles

The joys of dating were on full display Wednesday evening in Crossville and eventually Carmi as White County law enforcement was called to deal with a boyfriend who wouldn’t take no for an answer.  It was just before 7pm when Sheena Garrett called officers advising her 2007 Saturn Vue was stolen from her driveway.  At that time, she allegedly said she didn’t know who had taken vehicle.  Officers found the vehicle on the road near Bradford Supply in Carmi with none other than Garrett’s boyfriend, 31 year old Brandon Keown behind the wheel.  The officer says he turned around to go after the vehicle and it appeared Keown knew the officer was after him as he took off onto Epworth Road and eventually a County Road at a high rate of speed, at times reaching 105 miles per hour.  Eventually, the officer was able to catch Keown who pulled over and allegedly attempted to bargain with officers for lesser charges.  Garrett would eventually show up on scene saying she wanted to sign a complaint.  Garrett reported Keown had asked her for a ride and she said to give him 30 minutes.  She says a short time later, she heard the vehicle pulling out of the driveway and watched it drive off prompting her call to law enforcement.  Keown is due in court this (Monday) morning at 9am.  He’s facing a misdemeanor charge of criminal trespass to a vehicle along with a felony charge of possession of a stolen vehicle.


A 46-year-old Norris City man is due in court August 24th following his arrest Thursday afternoon.  Christopher Sean Fields of rural Norris City failed multiple field sobriety tests and eventually blew a breath sample registering more than double the legal blood alcohol content level.  Fields had crashed his truck just before 4pm Thursday and blew the .166 over an hour and a half later.  The Norris City man told officers another vehicle had pulled out in front of him leading him to swerve in order to avoid hitting them.  Fields’ Ford F-150 was on the driver’s side in a ditch off the roadway of County Road 1050 East.  Inside it, officers found an empty can of Seagrams Calypso Colada along with 15 cold cans of Keystone Light.  In addition to the DUI arrest, officers say Fields was wanted on White County warrants for Criminal Trespassing of a Residence and Battery.  Those alleged offenses occurred back in early June of this year.


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